The opening trading hours of 2018 are proving to be very rosy for the euro, which is tickling a three-year high at $1.2079.
- Euro Hit by Sudden Christmas Day Slide – Financial Times (subscription)
- Raised Eyebrows at EUR Flash Crash Report – Profit & Loss
The euro climbed to a four-month high against a broadly weaker dollar on the first trading day of 2018, on optimism over a brightening economic picture in the euro zone.
- Dollar Starts the Year with a Bump; Euro Above $1.20 – Financial Times (subscription)
- US Dollar Ends with Biggest Annual Decline Since 2007 – Wall Street Journal (subscription)
Sterling kicked off the first trading day of 2018 by climbing to a three-month high against the dollar as the greenback weakened broadly, ahead of a survey of Britain’s manufacturing sector.
Sweeping changes to EU rules on financial instruments come into force on January 3.
- European Finance Sector Scrambles Over Mifid II Rules – Financial Times (subscription)
- No Idea What MiFID Stands For? Here’s What You Need to Know – Bloomberg
Bitcoin rose 15 percent, recouping about half of the losses it sustained last week, its worst since 2013, as investors who had missed out on earlier rallies bought the world’s biggest and best-known digital currency.
- Bitcoin Rebounds Above $14,000 as Investors Find a Bottom – Bloomberg
- For Bitcoin, A Year Like No Other – Wall Street Journal (subscription)
Ripple has passed Ethereum to become the world’s second most valuable cryptocurrency by market capitalisation after the California-based cross-border payments company enjoyed an end-of-year jump in its market price.
All I can say then to my anonymous recipient is “thank you” on behalf of all of us in FX who believe in doing the right thing – hopefully in the Global Code era, this type of behaviour will become the norm.
Low volatility and declining volumes defined a year where Trump failed to lift dollar.
Fines levied by financial services regulators for industry misconduct have risen threefold since 2016, according to data compiled by regtech firm Corlytics.
Investors are frantically trying to learn everything they can about bitcoin – and so are regulators.
South Korea’s government said it will impose additional measures to regulate speculation in cryptocurrency trading within the country.
The first three FX trading platforms to report average daily volume (ADV) data for December indicate that while activity declined, as usual in this month, generally markets remained busier than usual.
Bloomberg has signed a statement of commitment to the FX Global Code, pledging it will continue to support fair and robust FX markets worldwide.
Integral Development Corp has received approval from the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to operate a multilateral trading facility.
CLS has made two senior appointments to its product development and sales teams.
Chinese financial markets started the new year in celebratory mode, with the MSCI China Index extending a 12-month rally and the yuan climbing to its strongest in almost four months.
After rallying as much as 20 per cent from the record low of nearly 22 per dollar reached in January, the peso is back on the ropes as a confluence of factors – including US tax reforms, a new corruption scandal and fresh signs of inflationary pressure – rattle investor sentiment once again.
While volatility in many financial markets has been rising over recent weeks, one notoriously unpredictable currency has been dead in the water.